Cybersecurity is a critical, but often overlooked, aspect of school safety and security. School districts are considered “soft targets” compared to banks, hospitals, and businesses because criminals can access similar data with much less effort.
Since 2016, there have been more than 770 cyber incidents affecting K-12 schools in the United States.* These incidents include:
Unauthorized disclosures, breaches, or hacks resulting in the disclosure of personal data
Phishing attacks resulting in the disclosure of personal data
Other cyber incidents resulting in school disruptions and unauthorized disclosures
*Source K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center
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The Berks County Intermediate Unit has curated a list of resources for school district administrators in creating awareness, assessing current practices, and taking action on cybersecurity.
This PBS-Nova resource aims to promote and equip students (and those young-at-heart) to stay safe online. Through videos, games, and engaging challenges in coding, password cracking, social engineering, and others, users learn how to keep their digital lives safe.